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mammals

BADGER BADGER BADGER … Poof!

Have you ever seen that video called ‘Badgers’, solely featuring the words ‘Badger’, ‘Mushroom’ and ‘Snake’? I find it quite a catchy tune, perfect for a random laugh with friends over a beer. However, there isn't anything at all funny about a recent incentive in the UK promoting the culling of wild badgers.…

Is elephant conservation backfiring?

African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are the largest living terrestrial animals in the world, located in dense forests, miombo woodlands and deserts across Eastern, Western and Southern Africa. This animal has been historically poached for the ivory trade, decimating numbers that once swelled to over a million to a few thousands…

Unlikely BFFs!

Given the fact that we do not have squirrels in Malta, I always stop and admire them scurrying along parks. However, the grey squirrel has a much deeper and sinister agenda than its cute and fuzzy exterior lets on...   The Eursian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is species of tree…

Whale Fall

A post looking at whale falls, inspired by the first episode of a BBC Nature Documentary  series entitled "The Blue Planet", narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest known animal to have ever existed, this being very understandable with an average 30 meters in…

Mini Elephants

I'm sure that most Maltese have heard of Għar Dalam, a notable paleontological site in the south of the island of Malta discovered in the late 19th Century. As a child, I remember visiting this site and the adjoining museum, and found it quite cool to discover that elephants, hippos,…
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